First Thursdays

Previous Festival Partners

Around the Plaza

Eskenazi Museum of Art (5-7pm)

Friends of Art Bookshop (5-8pm)

IU Auditorium (Pitbull @ 8pm)

Kinsey Institute (4-7pm)

IU Cinema (Stephanie Rothman @ 7pm)

Lilly Library (5-8pm)

Humanities Salon

African Studies Program

The Book Lab

Chin Languages Research Project

Dept. of American Studies

Dept. of English

Dept. of Philosophy

Dept. of Religious Studies

Dept. of Spanish & Portuguese

Dhar India Studies Program

The Language Flagships

The Language Workshop

Design Area

Center of Excellence for Women & Technology

Luddy School Makerspaces

Media School Game Design Capstone Projects


University Information Technology Services

Community Corner

Bloomington Creative Glass Center

Buskirk-Chumley Theater

City of Bloomington

Constellation Stage and Screen

Cosmic Songwriters Club

Gallery Walk Bloomington

Girls Rock Bloomington

Lotus Education and Arts Foundation

Monroe County Soil and Water Conservation District

Morgenstern’s Books

Quarryland Men’s Chorus


WonderLab Science Museum

Campus Partners

Asian Culture Center

Black, Brown, and Beige Theatre Troupe

Broadway Banter

Challah for Hungry Hoosiers

Dept. of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance

Eskenazi Museum of Art

Eskenazi School (Fibers and Photography)

First Nations Educational & Cultural Center

Gift of Life at IU


Indiana Memorial Union Board


IU Arts Administration Programs

IU Auditorium

IU Cinema

IU Corps

IU Libraries (AVPS and Area Studies)



IU Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

IU Prison Arts Initiative

IU Recreational Sports

IU Student Alumni Association

IUB Early Childhood Education Services

Jacobs School of Music

LGBTQ+ Culture Center

Liberal Arts and Management Program

Lilly Library

Music Industry Creatives

Office of First Year Experience Programs

Office of International Services

Office of Overseas Studies

Paso a Paso at IU

Political and Civic Engagement Program

Recreation Therapy Program

Sustain IU

Traditional Arts Indiana

Undergraduate Research Office

Undergraduate Student Arts Managers

University Collections at McCalla



Working Title Magazine

Wylie House Museum

Volunteer Opportunities!

Be a First Thursdays Hero!

The First Thursdays festivals wouldn't be possible without the hard work and dedication of a small army of student volunteers. Our volunteers are an eclectic group from different academic majors and backgrounds, but they share a common passsion for the arts and humanities and a desire to share the transformative power of creativity with our community. For their service, volunteers receive a free First Thursdays t-shirt, a voucher for free food from the First Thursdays food trucks, and the undying gratitude of the Arts & Humanities Council. 

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